May 16, 2019

Mayor Bill de Blasio's presidential announcement falls flat

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio at a New York Police Foundation gala. Photo: Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Mayor Bill de Blasio's 2020 presidential announcement fell flat with New Yorkers — including President Trump on Thursday.

The big picture: 76% of registered voters in New York do not think de Blasio should run for president, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. "Mayor Bill de Blasio's flirtation with a 2020 White House bid is prompting a rare moment of unity among New Yorkers," said polling analyst Mary Snow on April 3.

What they're saying:

  • The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York — which represents more than 50,000 active and retired NYPD officers — released a statement on Thursday assailing de Blasio for running for president saying: "It is laughable that a mayor who has shown no interest in running New York City for six years now says he wants to mismanage the entire country."
  • When de Blasio was interviewed on Good Morning America after announcing his presidential bid, he was met by protestors with signs reading "Liar."
  • Mike Gravel, former Alaska governor and fellow 2020 Democratic presidential contender, said: "I don't think he's a very good mayor," adding he isn't sure why de Blasio would even bother running, per the Washington Post.
  • Other New Yorkers think the field of Democratic nominees is too crowded and de Blasio doesn't stand a chance, per local outlet Spectrum News.
  • Even before he announced his presidential bid, some of de Blasio's closest allies warned him against a 2020 run calling it "f---ing insane," per Politico.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: White House studies models projecting virus peak

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The White House and other institutions are observing several models to better understand and prepare cities for when the coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S.

The state of play: The coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S. in two weeks, but many states like Virginia and Maryland will see their individual peaks well after that, according to a model by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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FDA authorizes two-minute antibody testing kit to detect coronavirus

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The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency approval Tuesday for a serological testing kit produced by Bodysphere Inc. that can detect a positive or negative result for COVID-19 in two minutes.

Why it matters: Access to testing has improved in the U.S. thanks to commercial labs, but the average wait time for a patient's results is four to five days — with some reports of it taking more than a week.

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